Johnny Depp may be an actor by profession, but that doesn’t stop him from seizing every opportunity to rock. Whether he’s modeling his characters of off members of The Rolling Stones or shredding licks with that bearded guy from ZZ Top, Depp has always rebelled against acting in favor of his passion for music, even though he’s criticized other actors for doing so in the past.
It seems that Depp is now more active than ever in pursuing his musical interests, and his latest collaborator is none other than Aerosmith’s own Joe Perry. The Bad Boy from Boston is teaming up with Depp and fellow ’70s rocker Alice Cooper to form a supergroup called The Hollywood Vampires. Cooper confirmed the project on his Instagram late last week.
Confirmed! #RockInRio announces Debut Of #TheHollywoodVampires! The #Supergroup, featuring #AliceCooper, #JohnnyDepp and #JoePerry plays on the same night as #QueensOfTheStoneAge and #SystemOfADown ————————————————- Rio de Janeiro, February 11, 2015 – The organizers of Rock in Rio have just announced that Hollywood Vampires will be playing at the Main Stage of the Brazilian edition of the festival, which takes place at the City of Rock, on September 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27. The band, featuring rock icon Alice Cooper, American Actor, Producer and Musician Johnny Depp and Joe Perry, lead guitarist for Aerosmith will play on the same night as Queens of the Stone Age and System of a Down. Alice Cooper, a pioneer of hard rock with a theatrical touch, began his solo career at the end of the 1970s, with classic albums like “Welcome To My Nightmare”, ”Lace and Whiskey”, “From the Inside” and Constrictor”. A gifted actor, with over 50 films throughout his career, Johnny Depp actually started his career as musician and is a renowned rock enthusiast. His musical ability has already been proven and witnessed by artists including Marylyn Manson, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Keith Richards (Rolling Stones), amongst others. Joe Perry is considered one of the best guitarists of all times by Rolling Stone magazine and he is a Rock n’ Roll hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame recipient together with his partners in crime Aerosmith. Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp have been partners for a while and now with Joe Perry also on Hollywood Vampires, they will “rock it out “ yet once again. The sixth Brazilian edition of Rock in Rio will be hosted in the City of Rock, in Rio de Janeiro (Parque dos Atletas – Av. Salvador Allende, no number), on an area covering more than 150,000 m2. Initial attractions include Katy Perry, System Of A Down, Queens of the Stone Age and A-Ha, playing on the Main Stage, and John Legend, confirmed for the Sunset Stage. ————————————————- #rocknroll #vampires #brazil #rio #aerosmith #legends #JohnVarvatos #concert
According to Rolling Stone, the name of the band carries a bit of history, mostly credited to Alice Cooper’s west coast rocking.
“The Hollywood Vampires, which takes its name from the infamous booze crew that Cooper formed with John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr at Los Angeles’ Rainbow Bar and Grill in the Seventies, will perform this September at the Brazilian fest. So far, that’s the lone date on the new supergroup’s schedule.”
While it’s not confirmed how Aerosmith’s lead guitarist got in on this deal, other than the fact that he’s one of the greatest players of all time, Cooper and Depp have a bit of history, meeting for the first time on the set of Dark Shadows in 2012, and just being two supremely weird dudes. The Hollywood Vampires have one show lined up so far in the fall so far, but no word yet on a Boston date.
[h/t Rolling Stone, Uproxx]